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Bourtange

Going back in time in Bourtange

Did you know that Bourtange was created during the Eighty Years' War (1568-1648) when William I of Orange wanted to control the only road...
Dutch flag

The Dutch tricolor flag

Did you know that the Dutch flag used to be orange, white and blue? In the 17th century orange was replaced by red because the...
hunebedden

Megalithic stone graves in Drenthe

Did you know that you can find more than 50 megalithic stone graves within a 30km radius in Drenthe? Bike or hike along a...
Anne Frank

Restoration of Anne Frank’s appartment

Did you know that the apartment in which Anne Frank and her family lived from 1933 until they went into hiding in 1942 has...
midwinterhorn

Blowing mid-winter horns to ward off evil spirits

Did you know that it is a long time tradition in parts of the rural east of the Netherlands to blow mid-winter horns between...
Elfstedentocht 1986

The legendary Elfstedentocht skating tour

Did you know that the second to last rarely raced Elfstedentocht took place 30 years ago today? Evert van Benthem was the winner of this edition of...
Wilhelmina

Queen Wilhelmina’s critical illness

Did you know that in the early 20th century the Netherlands nearly became part of Germany? In 1902 queen Wilhelmina became critically ill with...
Openluchtmuseum Arnhem

Open Air Museum in Arnhem

Did you know you can visit ancient houses, farms and mills from every province at the Netherlands Open Air Museum in Arnhem? Costumed actors...
Australasia

Nieuw Holland and Nieuw Zeeland

Did you know that Dutch explorers named Oceania's largest landmass and the two islands to the southeast respectively Nieuw Holland and Nieuw Zeeland? Today...
Enter Twente

The wooden shoe village of Overijssel

Did you know that the village of Enter is considered the 'wooden shoe village' of Overijssel? Around the turn of the 20th century the...